ALARM Press, the authority behind one of the most respected music magazines in the industry, ALARM, is thrilled to announce the release of its latest book, Invisible: Overlooked Albums and Unseen Artists.
In the spring of 2009, ALARM ushered in a new era when it transitioned away from magazines with the debut of a quarterly series of collector-quality books containing nearly double the content of any previous installment. Covering musical styles as diverse as punk, metal, jazz, insurgent country, underground hip hop, world, and neoclassical, books published by ALARM Press feature innovative artists in a smart, unpretentious, and hype-free approach.
Within Invisible, the 38th edition of ALARM, we discover extraordinary musicians and artists tirelessly dedicated to their crafts, buried beneath the industry buzz. ALARM has long known that the best and most innovative creators do not cater to the lowest common denominator; instead, they’re unflinching in their artistic visions—and, as a result, often found only by audiences determined to discover them.
In Invisible, amid scores of such devoted individuals, we meet:
· An American master of the Tsugaru-shamisen, splicing thrash metal with a consummate command of an ancient instrument
· An incomparable vocalist and cult icon whose Italian assimilation spurred him to cover orchestral oldies
· A group of musical robots, precisely performing programmed accompaniments
· A group of Congolese musicians who went unfound for decades by a noted Belgian producer
· A grade-school language-arts teacher who makes hip hop for people who “know their Basquiat as well as their basketball.”
PUBLISHER BIO – With glue sticks and X-acto knives, Chris Force made his first music magazine in 1995 to support young, contemporary, and independent bands. Originally sold out of his backpack in front of rock concerts, Force’s books and magazines on music and underground art can now be found around the world. He is now onto his third storage locker and sixth iPod, all crammed with great music.